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52 Great Saturdays

Brighten Your Day at the Museum of Neon Art

216 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA, 91204

213) 489-9918

The Brown Derby may be gone, but its neon sign crackles bright at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale. The trove includes a 1970s Pep Boys sign and an Iwata Camera sign from the ’40s, and MONA even offers a “Neon Cruise” bus tour of contemporary installations in Hollywood and downtown L.A. on certain […]

Website: http://www.neonmona.org



Catch a Cult Classic on Stage

Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

(323) 466-6111

A wise man once said, “If you want the ultimate rush, you gotta pay the ultimate price.” In this case, the ultimate rush is Point Break Live!, a spoof of the surfer heist film staged at Hollywood’s Dragonfly theater, and the ultimate price is a reasonable 30 bucks. (The cost even includes a meatball sandwich […]

Website: http://www.thedragonfly.com/



Catch a Polo Match

1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd., Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272

(310) 454-8212

No need to stamp your passport to see a game of polo. Beginning in May, Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades holds weekly matches. The price to watch the sport of kings is downright plebeian: free. Don’t forget a blanket (you’ll be sitting on the grass) and champers.—KARI MOZENA

Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=626



Charter a Train Car

2054 S Halladay St., Santa Ana, CA, 92707

(877) 452-7245

Travel back in time—sort of—on a tricked-out vintage train coach that even Ozzy Osbourne would deem crazy. For $4,000 or more, you and about 50 pals can hop aboard one of L.A. Rail’s five rentable cars, which have been restored to their ’40s and ’50s glory. A crew of porters and bartenders on, say, the […]

Website: http://www.larail.com/


Date Night: What to Do if You’re on Bumble

714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

Phone number (213) 537-0115

Women on Bumble, the Sadie Hawkins dance of dating apps, may be down to plan dates, too. Have lunch at DTLA’s Horse Thief BBQ, then walk to the Arts District barcade EightyTwo for a few friendly rounds of Mortal Kombat. When the quarters run out, wander over to The Pie Hole for a shareable slice […]

Website: http://www.thepieholela.com/



Date Night: What to Do if You’re on Coffee Meets Bagel

448 S Hill St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213) 802-1770

Apply Coffee Meets Bagel’s quality-over-quantity ethos to real life by putting in some solid effort. Make a reservation (yes, really) at Perch downtown. The only thing that overshadows the pan-roasted salmon is the rooftop cocktail bar strung with twinkle lights.—MARIELLE WAKIM

Website: http://perchla.com/



Date Night: What to Do if You’re on Hinge

225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90401


Hinge matches members with friends of friends, so don’t let too many mojitos ruin a first impression. Try a late breakfast at The Misfit in Santa Monica, where conversation will flow over bubbly skillets of shakshouka. If all goes well, hit the Strand for a delightfully clichéd “long walk on the beach.” —MARIELLE WAKIM

Website: http://www.themisfitbar.com/



Date Night: What to Do if You’re on Tinder

12477 W. Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90066


Tinder promotes a casual hook-up culture, but you needn’t add fuel to the fire. Keep it low-key (but classy) by taking a potential partner out for a round at The Corner Door in Culver City. Cocktail names (Miner Incident, Jesse Pink Gin) are as inventive as the ingredients.—MARIELLE WAKIM

Website: http://www.thecornerdoorla.com/



Dodge Enemy Fire in a Fighter Plane

3815 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA, 92833

(714) 525-7590

Palos Verdes looks different when you’re looping high above in the cockpit of an SIAI Marchetti airplane as some schmo fires “bullets” at your tail

Website: http://www.aircombat.com



Donate Time to the Charity of Your Choice

The L.A.-based company Golden sources local opportunities


Enjoy a Killer View

22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA, 90265

You could pop for Nobu’s $100 oma-kase menu—or you could linger over a $5 cappuccino while watching a California sunset. Malibu’s flashiest restaurant is always busy, so show up midafternoon for a shot at finding a seat in the comfy (and heated) outdoor lounge.—KARI MOZENA

Website: http://www.noburestaurants.com/malibu/experience/



Enjoy a Seasonal Treat

212 S Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA, 90212

(310) 859-3418

At Maude, Curtis Stone’s acclaimed Beverly Hills restaurant, prix fixe menus change each month and focus on a single variety of produce—maybe truffles, maybe rhubarb, maybe peas. Are we really recommending nine-plus courses of peas served on antique china? You bet.—LESLEY BARGAR SUTER

Website: http://mauderestaurant.com



Enrich Yourself for Free

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90024

(310) 443-7000

Feast on all of the art you can handle at Westwood’s Hammer Museum, which went “free for good” thanks to donors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. Drop in on Saturdays at 1 p.m. for tours of special exhibitions.—KARI MOZENA

Website: https://hammer.ucla.edu/



Explore Sunken Wrecks

21231 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, 90265

Scuba fiends can check out the lost ships of Santa Monica Bay with Malibu Divers

Website: http://www.malibudivers.com/


Find a New Favorite Artist

5668 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90042


Every second Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the shops, restaurants, and artist studios along York Boulevard in Highland Park open their doors to diners and looky-loos for NELA Art Gallery Night. Browse antique and custom-wood furnishings at Matters of Space, or scope out quirky pieces from up-and-coming local artists at Co-Lab Gallery. All […]

Website: http://www.nelaart.org/heritage-devlin/



Forage for Dinner

Various, Los Angeles, CA

(626) 791-3217

Our parks are dotted with plants that could land on your dinner plate as easily as they could put you in the hospital. Learn the difference in a two- to three-hour foraging workshop ($20-$30) with writer and survivalist Christopher Nyerges. His School of Self Reliance, now in its 42nd year, examines the edible weeds, seeds, […]

Website: http://www.christophernyerges.com


Hang Glide at the Beach

12623 Gridley Street, Sylmar, CA, 91342

WindSports provides a stress-free introduction to hang gliding on its 30-foot-high bunny hill at Dockweiler State Beach

Website: http://www.windsports.com/